Eva White and Susan Sciame-Giesecke

IU Kokomo Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke, left, with Eva White, at Indiana University's Celebration of Distinguished Teacher. White was among the honorees at the event.

Eva White, associate professor of English at Indiana University Kokomo, was honored for outstanding teaching at IU’s annual Celebration of Distinguished Teaching dinner.

The dinner is one of many activities held as part of Founder’s Day, the celebration of IU’s founding in 1820.

White received the Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching from IU President Michael A. McRobbie. She was among fifteen faculty members and four doctoral students recognized for outstanding teaching, research, and service to the university.

McRobbie described the award recipients as “IU’s finest faculty members, whose efforts every day in the classroom, laboratory, and studio transform the lives of students, preparing them for successful careers after graduation.”

White said receiving the award made her feel more connected to the larger IU community.

“It was a great honor to receive the award and to be in the same room as so many distinguished IU professors and teachers,” she said. “It felt wonderful to be recognized for my teaching, particularly because this is also an acknowledgement of all the great teaching that happens on our campus.”

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said the campus is proud of White, “who clearly deserves to be among the outstanding IU professors and teachers. Her work with the Master of Liberal Studies program and the Well House are two examples of her dedication to our students.”

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White has taught more than 25 different courses during her nearly six years on campus. She founded the campus literary magazine, “From the Well House,” and redesigned the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) program, and also developed IU’s only Irish studies minor.

She teaches traditional courses in the classroom, and also has developed hybrid classes, which include online and traditional classroom elements. In addition, she has created classes taught completely online.

Scott Jones, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said IU Kokomo is fortunate to have White as a professor.

“She is an outstanding teacher in every way, whether it is developing programs and courses, learning new instructional formats, or working with students individually,” he said.

The Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching was established in 1961, and was first sponsored by the IU Foundation. Mrs. Herman Lieber of Indianapolis later sponsored it.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.